Psychiatrists in Carrboro, NC

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Dr. John M. Brion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrboro, NC 27510
Thanks for considering Collaborative Mental Health of Carrboro (CMHOC). I'm Dr. John Brion, PhD, PMHNP and I work with people age 12 and up for a wide range of challenges including: ADHD (Adult and Child) ; Addictions (Sex, Food, Hoarding, drugs/alcohol, etc.); Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder) and issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. I am licensed/certified to prescribe all psychiatric medications and I provide brief, solution focused psychotherapy.
Thanks for considering Collaborative Mental Health of Carrboro (CMHOC). I'm Dr. John Brion, PhD, PMHNP and I work with people age 12 and up for a wide range of challenges including: ADHD (Adult and Child) ; Addictions (Sex, Food, Hoarding, drugs/alcohol, etc.); Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder) and issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. I am licensed/certified to prescribe all psychiatric medications and I provide brief, solution focused psychotherapy.
(984) 204-7212 View (984) 204-7212
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Kristen Bagby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrboro, NC 27510
Not accepting new clients
I am not currently accepting new patients. Are you struggling with feelings of anxiety, panic, depression, trauma, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, intrusive thoughts, or difficulty concentrating? These challenges can leave you feeling stuck, but there is hope! My approach to care is trauma-informed and recovery-oriented empowering you to use your strengths and skills to live a life you choose.
I am not currently accepting new patients. Are you struggling with feelings of anxiety, panic, depression, trauma, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, intrusive thoughts, or difficulty concentrating? These challenges can leave you feeling stuck, but there is hope! My approach to care is trauma-informed and recovery-oriented empowering you to use your strengths and skills to live a life you choose.
(919) 849-5037 View (919) 849-5037
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Jason T. Witmer, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrboro, NC 27510
As a psychiatrist and therapist, I help people dealing with a range of questions, including deciding who and how to love, how to create family and community, finding meaning and success in work, how to cope with loss, issues related to gender, identity, and race, and how to overcome anxiety and depression.
As a psychiatrist and therapist, I help people dealing with a range of questions, including deciding who and how to love, how to create family and community, finding meaning and success in work, how to cope with loss, issues related to gender, identity, and race, and how to overcome anxiety and depression.
(919) 823-7068 View (919) 823-7068
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Susan D. Webb, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carrboro, NC 27510
My approach is based on a wellness model rather than the disease model and integrates the benefits of modern psychiatry with more holistic modalities. I bring decades of experience in modalities from psychoanalysis to psychedelics and integrate nutritional psychiatry, exercise physiology, mindfulness and blend the wisdom of many traditions with state-of-the-art medical science to co-create a blueprint for healthy living.
My approach is based on a wellness model rather than the disease model and integrates the benefits of modern psychiatry with more holistic modalities. I bring decades of experience in modalities from psychoanalysis to psychedelics and integrate nutritional psychiatry, exercise physiology, mindfulness and blend the wisdom of many traditions with state-of-the-art medical science to co-create a blueprint for healthy living.
(919) 648-0535 View (919) 648-0535
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The Yanuck Center For Life And Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carrboro, NC 27510  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, trauma, self-esteem problems, relationship issues, or stress management difficulties, I can help. PLEASE CONTACT ME BY PHONE (NOT E-MAIL) AT (919)493-0406. Offering both psychotherapy and medication management, I can provide all aspects of mental health care for most individuals. I help my patients learn to release shame and self-criticism so they can lead happier lives. I also see some clients of psychotherapists whom I trust for medication management. Together, we pick the approach that fits your needs and your time frame. LGBTQ friendly.
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, trauma, self-esteem problems, relationship issues, or stress management difficulties, I can help. PLEASE CONTACT ME BY PHONE (NOT E-MAIL) AT (919)493-0406. Offering both psychotherapy and medication management, I can provide all aspects of mental health care for most individuals. I help my patients learn to release shame and self-criticism so they can lead happier lives. I also see some clients of psychotherapists whom I trust for medication management. Together, we pick the approach that fits your needs and your time frame. LGBTQ friendly.
(919) 493-0406 View (919) 493-0406
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Laurie M. Timberlake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrboro, NC 27510
I provide medication management for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and so on, ideally as a supplement to an ongoing relationship with a psychotherapist. I work with school-aged children through adults, in a comfortable, informal office in Chapel Hill.
I provide medication management for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, and so on, ideally as a supplement to an ongoing relationship with a psychotherapist. I work with school-aged children through adults, in a comfortable, informal office in Chapel Hill.
(984) 207-0865 View (984) 207-0865
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Kelsey Norris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carrboro, NC 27510
I offer psychotherapy and medication management services to clients in a confidential and therapeutic environment. I am committed to providing individualized treatment to help my clients heal and thrive. I believe mental health care can greatly improve quality of life, making us more self aware, compassionate, at ease, and fulfilled.
I offer psychotherapy and medication management services to clients in a confidential and therapeutic environment. I am committed to providing individualized treatment to help my clients heal and thrive. I believe mental health care can greatly improve quality of life, making us more self aware, compassionate, at ease, and fulfilled.
(984) 364-8280 View (984) 364-8280

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Catherine Wehmann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am a double board-certified Psychiatrist with experience treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges including but not limited to depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADHD, adjustment issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, peripartum depression and anxiety, and psychosis. I can provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management and/or psychotherapy depending on the needs of the individual and family.
I am a double board-certified Psychiatrist with experience treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges including but not limited to depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADHD, adjustment issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, peripartum depression and anxiety, and psychosis. I can provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management and/or psychotherapy depending on the needs of the individual and family.
(984) 207-5943 View (984) 207-5943
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Jacqueline Woodcock
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chapel Hill, NC 27516  (Online Only)
I work with patients whose goal is to treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. My patients often come to me when they're looking to bring joy back into their lives, whether they're taking their first steps in addressing mental health issues or resuming their mental health care journey. I strive to meet my patients exactly where they need it, and I am dedicated to creating a welcoming and secure space for anyone grappling with their mental health. In my practice, I’m not just about prescriptions; I believe in forming meaningful connections with my patients and see myself as your advocate for positive change.
I work with patients whose goal is to treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. My patients often come to me when they're looking to bring joy back into their lives, whether they're taking their first steps in addressing mental health issues or resuming their mental health care journey. I strive to meet my patients exactly where they need it, and I am dedicated to creating a welcoming and secure space for anyone grappling with their mental health. In my practice, I’m not just about prescriptions; I believe in forming meaningful connections with my patients and see myself as your advocate for positive change.
(984) 230-4627 View (984) 230-4627
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Nora Dennis
Psychiatrist, MD, MSPH
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am a Duke-trained physician (MD), double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. I treat individuals ages 16+ who are struggling to thrive due to psychiatric or substance use disorders. My approach integrates psychopharmacology, somatic interventions, psychotherapy, nutrition, and mindfulness. I have served as a faculty member at Duke University School of Medicine since 2014, and continue as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. My passion is using my extensive training to empathically treat those at the intersection of trauma, depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. My practice is located on a beautiful farm.
I am a Duke-trained physician (MD), double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. I treat individuals ages 16+ who are struggling to thrive due to psychiatric or substance use disorders. My approach integrates psychopharmacology, somatic interventions, psychotherapy, nutrition, and mindfulness. I have served as a faculty member at Duke University School of Medicine since 2014, and continue as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. My passion is using my extensive training to empathically treat those at the intersection of trauma, depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. My practice is located on a beautiful farm.
(919) 584-9985 View (919) 584-9985
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Noah Goldstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
I am a psychiatrist who works primarily through insight-oriented psychotherapy. I treat patients who are missing a sense of balance, meaning, connection, or purpose in their lives, who feel stuck with regard to career, romance, or family, who notice concerning, repetitive, or self-destructive patterns in relationships, mental attitudes, or behavior, and who struggle with the lingering effects of abuse, neglect, or other challenging life experiences. My expertise in psychotherapy and the medical practice of psychiatry enables me to offer thoughtful, comprehensive and individualized treatment, which may or may not include medication.
I am a psychiatrist who works primarily through insight-oriented psychotherapy. I treat patients who are missing a sense of balance, meaning, connection, or purpose in their lives, who feel stuck with regard to career, romance, or family, who notice concerning, repetitive, or self-destructive patterns in relationships, mental attitudes, or behavior, and who struggle with the lingering effects of abuse, neglect, or other challenging life experiences. My expertise in psychotherapy and the medical practice of psychiatry enables me to offer thoughtful, comprehensive and individualized treatment, which may or may not include medication.
(919) 948-3086 View (919) 948-3086
Dr. Lori-Ann Daley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
I practice a collaborative, compassionate, and professional approach to the treatment of mental health disorders, including substance use disorders. I provide a comprehensive treatment approach that combines medications and psychotherapy as necessary. Understanding that each individual is unique, treatment plans are tailored to suit your specific needs.
I practice a collaborative, compassionate, and professional approach to the treatment of mental health disorders, including substance use disorders. I provide a comprehensive treatment approach that combines medications and psychotherapy as necessary. Understanding that each individual is unique, treatment plans are tailored to suit your specific needs.
(984) 646-0439 View (984) 646-0439
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Dr. Tian Duke-Sui
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Family Psychiatry Practice & Associates has been serving the community in Cary, North Carolina for over 25 years. Our caring and professional board-certified psychiatrists see children, adolescents, and adults for both medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Duke-Sui and Dr. Boyer are board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. They offer both psychotherapy and medication management.
Family Psychiatry Practice & Associates has been serving the community in Cary, North Carolina for over 25 years. Our caring and professional board-certified psychiatrists see children, adolescents, and adults for both medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Duke-Sui and Dr. Boyer are board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. They offer both psychotherapy and medication management.
(919) 233-4131 View (919) 233-4131
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Samuel Basch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Psychoanalyst trained at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute. I have over 25 years experience treating people suffering from anxiety, depression, panic and bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. I also work with patients who have conflict in their everyday lives with personal relationships and work-related stress and who have obsessive compulsive, eating and sexual disorders. Additionally, I provide psychological care to people who are medically ill. My approach is highly individualized and I work with patients to consider their specific circumstances in formulating treatment plans.
I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Psychoanalyst trained at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute. I have over 25 years experience treating people suffering from anxiety, depression, panic and bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. I also work with patients who have conflict in their everyday lives with personal relationships and work-related stress and who have obsessive compulsive, eating and sexual disorders. Additionally, I provide psychological care to people who are medically ill. My approach is highly individualized and I work with patients to consider their specific circumstances in formulating treatment plans.
(646) 832-4696 View (646) 832-4696
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Alicia Esther Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27599  (Online Only)
I am deeply committed to promoting mental health well-being as a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; I believe mental health care should be a priority for all cultures, as it can help people cope with the stresses of life, have good relationships, and realize their full potential. I have 3 years of experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and 9 years of registered nursing experience. I am a bilingual English and Spanish speaker, and it is important that we communicate openly and that you feel respected in our relationship.
I am deeply committed to promoting mental health well-being as a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; I believe mental health care should be a priority for all cultures, as it can help people cope with the stresses of life, have good relationships, and realize their full potential. I have 3 years of experience as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and 9 years of registered nursing experience. I am a bilingual English and Spanish speaker, and it is important that we communicate openly and that you feel respected in our relationship.
(984) 422-3363 View (984) 422-3363
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Daniel Greene
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am a Harvard-trained, Board-certified psychiatrist, with expertise in treating children, adolescents, and adults. My patients tell me I'm a warm and caring guy, dedicated to helping them in any way I can. I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric problems, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders. I also help people deal with challenging life circumstances, such as loss and grief, relationship troubles, difficulties with work or school, illness, divorce, or other life transitions.
I am a Harvard-trained, Board-certified psychiatrist, with expertise in treating children, adolescents, and adults. My patients tell me I'm a warm and caring guy, dedicated to helping them in any way I can. I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric problems, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders. I also help people deal with challenging life circumstances, such as loss and grief, relationship troubles, difficulties with work or school, illness, divorce, or other life transitions.
(919) 728-5351 View (919) 728-5351
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Maia Robison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am a psychiatrist double board certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have extensive experience working with children and their families, adults, and couples since graduating residency (Duke 2007) and fellowship (University of Washington 2009). I am a former clinical faculty member at the University of Washington. I believe in delivering individualized and compassionate yet evidence based care. I offer diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management, and therapy (individual, couples, family, parent guidance). You can read more about me and my colleagues at www.CatalystNC.com
I am a psychiatrist double board certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have extensive experience working with children and their families, adults, and couples since graduating residency (Duke 2007) and fellowship (University of Washington 2009). I am a former clinical faculty member at the University of Washington. I believe in delivering individualized and compassionate yet evidence based care. I offer diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management, and therapy (individual, couples, family, parent guidance). You can read more about me and my colleagues at www.CatalystNC.com
(984) 283-5054 View (984) 283-5054
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Erik Jonathan Gustke
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Finding a psychiatrist can be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming task. My goal is to make this process a straightforward and valuable experience. Together we can work to help find the tools that you need to achieve life balance and mental well being.
Finding a psychiatrist can be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming task. My goal is to make this process a straightforward and valuable experience. Together we can work to help find the tools that you need to achieve life balance and mental well being.
(919) 283-5617 View (919) 283-5617
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Rachel C Poliquin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
I am a psychiatrist who works primarily by psychotherapy, listening carefully to understand your experience. Feeling understood and accepted can be liberating, which helps us as we work together to understand problems in daily life, such as work, relationships, or school. Our exploration might include talking about your thoughts, feelings, dreams, fears, and fantasies. This process opens up more happiness, well-being, and freedom to make the choices you want.
I am a psychiatrist who works primarily by psychotherapy, listening carefully to understand your experience. Feeling understood and accepted can be liberating, which helps us as we work together to understand problems in daily life, such as work, relationships, or school. Our exploration might include talking about your thoughts, feelings, dreams, fears, and fantasies. This process opens up more happiness, well-being, and freedom to make the choices you want.
(919) 629-1906 View (919) 629-1906
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Christopher N Riggan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Waitlist for new clients
My passion for entering the mental health profession originated from the idea of breaking down the negative stigma historically placed upon individuals who struggle with mental health related issues. I want to use the skills and education that I have gained as a resource to those in need of assistance. I want each person that seeks mental health related care from me to feel comforted that we together are a team with a common goal of assisting you to become the most effective version of yourself.
My passion for entering the mental health profession originated from the idea of breaking down the negative stigma historically placed upon individuals who struggle with mental health related issues. I want to use the skills and education that I have gained as a resource to those in need of assistance. I want each person that seeks mental health related care from me to feel comforted that we together are a team with a common goal of assisting you to become the most effective version of yourself.
(919) 944-9946 View (919) 944-9946

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Carrboro, NC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Carrboro, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Medication Management
71% ADHD
71% Grief
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Aetna
40% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Carrboro, NC see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Carrboro?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.